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Russia—as a great power, an emerging market and an energy heavyweight—is intriguing. Both Russia and the post-Soviet space tend to be somewhat volatile and impenetrable.

The Russia/NIS Center, however, casts light on this region. Created in 2004, it anticipates new developments, enriches public debate and empowers decision-making on issues related to Russia and the New Independent States (NIS).

The Center regularly publishes papers on a wide array of themes, from central issues (such as the interaction between foreign policy and energy policy) to topics that are more innovative in France such as the Russian government’s attitude to internet governance, and the competitiveness of Russian universities.

The Center’s digital collection Russie.Nei.Visions (set up in 2005 and available in Russian, English and French) has become an important resource. Its analyses are widely disseminated via social networks and our researchers have a strong presence in French and international media.

Since the Center’s fouding, Ifri has hosted several top political representatives and key economic players in the Russian/NIS space. Attendees at Ifri’s seminars and conferences, include former Ukrainian presidents V. Yushchenko and V. Yanukovych, former Georgian president M. Saakashvili and Russian Minister for Economic Development A. Ulyukayev.

The Center maintains a strong presence in the field, staying close to public authorities and multinational firms in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) area. It has also developed many partnerships with think tanks and research institutes in Europe, the United States, China, Japan and the post-Soviet space.

Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN

Director of Ifri's Russia-NIS Center

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Florian VIDAL

Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Anne SOUIN

Project Officer, Russia/NIS Center

Pavel BAEV

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Marlène LARUELLE

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Bobo LO

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Julien NOCETTI

Associate Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Russian life
The Economy and Society research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center deals with economic issues and the evolution of the Russian society (formation of elites, human potential, youth, middle class, protests..)
Anadyr
From May 2021, Russia will chair the Arctic Council for two years. During this period, Moscow vows to promote economic development and environmental protection of the polar region. At the same time, Russia continues to implement its ambitious political, economic and military...
Kiev / Minsk / Astana
The New Independent States research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center analyses the evolutions of New Independent States (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaïdjan, Kazakhstan, Ouzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan and...
Close up of Moscow oil refinery in Kapotnya district, Russia
The Russian Energy Policy research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center focuses on the reshaping of the Russian energy landscape and its implications in terms of foreign policy.
Vladimir Putin with Sergey Lavrov. 23.03.2016
The Foreign Policy and Security research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center of research analyses the relations of Russia and the New Independent States with the rest of the world, with a special focus on security issues. 
Moscow, Russia. 19th January, 2020. Opposition supporters hold a copy of Russia's constitution during a rally against constitutional reforms proposed by President Vladimir Putin in central Moscow
The Domestic Politics research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center analyses Russian domestic politics, the evolution of the political system and its elites, as well as their relations with society.
28/06/2021
By: Kalev STOICESCU, (ed.) , Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, Liana FIX, Artūrs BIKOVS, Agnieszka LEGUCKA, Keir GILES

This report analyses Western-Russian relations and proposes a way forward for conducting dialogue with Russia. It offers an analysis of Russia’s relations with NATO and the EU, an overview of the bilateral relations of various Western countries with Russia, a glimpse of China’s role, and an...

03/05/2021

The extraordinarily troublesome year 2020 tested many international institutions and bilateral ties, but few experienced sharper challenges than the complex relations between Russia and Turkey, which have a strong impact on crisis developments in Europe’s immediate neighborhood.

16/11/2020
By: Richard Q. TURCSANYI, Matej SIMALCIK, Kristína KIRONSKA, Renáta SEDLAKOVA, Jiří CENEK, Andrej FINDOR, Ondrej BUCHEL, Matej HRUSKA, Adrian BRONA, Una Alexandra BERZINA-CERENKOVA, Mario ESTEBAN, Beatrice GALLELLI, Jelena GLEDIC, Peter GRIES, Sergei IVANOV, Björn JERDÉN, Marc JULIENNE, Tamás MATURA, Tim RÜHLIG, Tim SUMMERS

In September and October 2020, the Sinophone Borderlands project at Palacký University Olomouc conducted a wide-scale survey of public opinion on China in 13 European countries. The polled countries include: Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia,...

30/09/2020

A full-blown war erupted in the South Caucasus last Sunday, September 27, and as the two belligerents — Armenia and Azerbaijan — mobilize their forces under martial law, no international authority is trying in earnest to stop the hostilities. The conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh...

09
Jun
2021
Wednesday 09 June 2021
from 16:00 to 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

After four years of a Trump presidency marked by “Russiagate”, the election of Joe Biden at the end of 2020 marks a new turning point in Russian-American relations. While the change in the American administration allowed the New START treaty on strategic arms reduction to be saved in...

12
Mar
2021
Friday 12 March 2021
from 09:30 to 11:30 - Videoconference

The EU-Russia relationship, which has been deteriorating since 2014, has recently experienced various shocks, such as the poisoning, then imprisonment of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the failure of EU High Representative Josep Borrell’s diplomatic visit to Moscow. Judging by Russian...

21
Nov
2019
Thursday 21 November 2019 to Friday 22 November 2019
from Thursday 21 November 2019 12:30 to Friday 22 November 2019 12:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Since 1983, the QUAD gathers every year, the SWP, RAND Corporation, Chatham House and Ifri. The QUAD was set up during the Euromissile crisis and brings together European and American diplomats, military officers, journalists and research fellow to debate on current geopolitical issues....

19
Nov
2019
Tuesday 19 November 2019
from 14:00 to 17:00 - Ifri Conferences

The 12th regional conference of Council of Councils (CoC) will take place at Ifri from November 17 to 19, 2019. An initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations, the CoC strives to define major foreign policy challenges by...

21/06/2021
By: Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, collaborated with Mykhailo Minakov, Thomas Graham and Jan C. Behrends for the Wilson Center

After the recent intensification of dialogue between official Kyiv and President Biden’s administration, in the wake of the rising threat to Ukraine posed by Russia and in anticipation of President Biden’s visit to the UK and EU, President Volodymyr Zelensky and his team...

10/02/2021
By: Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, quoted by Michael Peel, Guy Chazan, Henry Foy and Victor Mallet in the Financial Times

Kremlin stance is blow to European countries which favour outreach to Moscow. Russia’s combative treatment of the EU’s top diplomat during a landmark trip there has triggered a political outcry — but little expectation that the European bloc will end divisions over how to handle the Kremlin.<...>

11/02/2020
By: Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, quoted by Anna Myroniuk on Kyiv Post

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was written based on the experience of Kyiv Post staff writer Anna Myroniuk, a native of Donetsk, on a trip to Paris at the invitation of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which sponsored a visit by Ukrainian journalists in early February. In Paris, the...